Winter Surf

The surf continues to rage against the coast with high winds driving it against the rocks in grand explosions…

The difference today was the sun breaks in between squalls throwing god beams across the skies…

The color image is bright and airy, giving the image a feeling of a breaking storm. I also finished one of the images in B&W. The dramatic light in shades of grey conveys a much different emotion…evoking the moodiness and gloom of an approaching storm…

The skies cleared as the sun dropped lower in the sky reflecting warm colors in the tide pools. I selected the smallest aperture on my lens and the slowest ISO (L1) on my camera to slow the shutter speed way down and clicked as wave after wave surged over the rocks to capture a more dreamy, ethereal look…

When I have been fortunate enough to find big waves at Shore Acres or Cape Kiwanda, I know right where to place my camera to capture the most dramatic action. This week with an entire coastline of rocky shores and crashing waves everywhere I looked and the first few days of flat light followed by the beautiful, constantly changing light today proved to be a challenge for me. I spent hours simply watching the surf learning the way the waves came in sets, the different manner in which the waves crashed upon the rocks during an incoming tides vs an outgoing tide. I learned so much by simply observing the waves and memorizing their patterns so I could anticipate where they might crash next. It was quite a challenge and I have several images that I feel captured the power of the winter surf on the Oregon Coast.

Images created with Nikon D3S, AF-S 28-300mm VR on Lexar digital media